Thu. 1:42pm: Senate advances immigration bill to brink

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has advanced historic immigration legislation across the last procedural test and stands on the brink of final passage of the bill offering the prize of U.S. citizenship to millions.

The vote on final passage was set for this afternoon. The bill, a top priority for President Barack Obama, would also pour billions into border security.

The 68-32 tally on the final procedural vote was well above the 60 votes required and indicates the bill commands the majority needed to pass the Senate and go to the House.

Prospects there are not so bright because many House conservatives oppose the path to citizenship for people here illegally. That provision is at the heart of the Senate bill.